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Important: SASE Framework Arrangements post 31/08/2014

Arrangements for changes to SASE frameworks post 31/08/14 have now been issued.

There must be no new SASE frameworks developed or issued through Apprenticeship Frameworks Online after 31st August 2014. The Federation for Industry Skills and Standards (FISSS) have set out guidance detailing “compelling reasons” where changes to existing SASE frameworks can be made.

If you have any queries please contact FISS at


Apprenticeship Reform

The new arrangements have been put in place following the October 2013 announcement to reform Apprenticeships so that they are more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers. Apprenticeship standards will replace all frameworks by 2017 – for more information on standards that are have already been published or are currently being developed please refer to the standards page.

Visit BIS’ hub page for the Reforms for access to all the latest up to date guidance and FAQs regarding the Reforms, including the Trailblazers and funding.


SASE information 

Following its introduction through the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) act, the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) was published by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Department for Education and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) on 20 January 2011.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills published a new Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) on 12 March 2013 that was implemented on 6 April 2013; View the document on the website

For further general information on the transitional arrangements visit the Apprenticeship Frameworks online Sector Skills Council website.


Important Notice Regarding the Skills Funding Agency’s Funding Template and the New SASE

As a result in the amendment to SASE, the Apprenticeship funding template has been modified. If you are submitting a Higher Apprenticeship which complies with the new SASE please ensure you complete the new Apprenticeship Funding Template April 2013

If you are making changes to an Intermediate Level or Advanced Level framework which also contains a Higher Apprenticeship which you are not changing please resubmit your original template along with the changes to the Intermediate or Advanced Level aims but leave the Higher Apprenticeship learning aims unchanged. Do not remove the Higher Apprenticeship learning aims as this will mean they are removed from LARA.


About SASE

The SASE sets out the minimum requirements to be included in a recognised English Apprenticeship framework and compliance with the SASE will be a statutory requirement of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act.

Visit the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online website to view frameworks that meet the SASE requirements. 


ACE Centralised Payment System Launch 1 September 2013 – Provider Registration Required

Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) is introducing a new central payment system for the certification of Apprenticeships. Details about the different payment methods can be found in the draft guidance document. ACE has also developed some FAQs from some of the initial questions that providers involved in the pilot have asked. Both of these documents are located on the ACE website and future updates will be made available here.

This system is due to be implemented 1 September 2013 and to ensure that there is a smooth transition ACE requires all providers to register for a Finance User profile. By registering now ACE will be able to set up your profile prior to implementation.


Last Updated: 04/11/2014

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